Learning Analytics Forum Presenters

Laura Aboyan, Director of Curriculum Management and Assessment & Accreditation, Fox School of Business, Temple University
Laura Aboyan, EdD is the Director of Curriculum Management and Assessment & Accreditation at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. She has worked in multiple areas of higher education for over 15 years, focusing on programmatic assessment and specialized accreditation since 2010. She earned a B.A. in Public Relations and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, and recently completed her Ed.D. in Higher Education at Temple University.

Krista DeLeeuw, Learner Experience Analyst, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Krista DeLeeuw, PhD is a cognitive psychologist turned data analyst and visualization designer who is always looking for the most insightful ways to share actionable data. As the Learner Experience Analyst, Krista develops dashboards that draw on learning analytics and student feedback to continually improve online MBA courses. Krista holds a PhD and MA in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has worked in higher education across the US and in Germany and Scotland.

Janet Duck, Clinical Professor of Management and Organization & Director of Excellence in
Teaching & Learning, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

Janet Duck is a clinical professor of management and organization and director of excellence in teaching & learning, at the Smeal College of Business. Additionally, Janet is the faculty chair for the Online MBA (OMBA), led by Smeal. As the academic lead for Professional Graduate Programs (PGP) and the OMBA she is responsible for portfolio-wide integration of academic innovation & development through implementation of the Creative Team Model (CTM) involving collaborative efforts with lead faculty, teaching support specialists (TSS) and instructional designers. Janet is also responsible for the development and teaching of graduate courses in the OMBA related to team performance, change management, organizational development, and leadership communications.  Given her extensive years of experience teaching in the graduate online space, Janet’s current role focuses on elevating the online teaching and learning experience through collaborative teaching models. This portfolio-wide initiative is driven by her work with learning analytics which utilizes a unique analytical design approach to course innovation. This approach seeks to inspire and support desired student behavior in the classroom and is based on a data-informed innovation process. Janet has taught at the graduate-level since joining Penn State in 1997, and has authored courses and taught in the graduate, online classroom since 2003. She has over 15 years of industry experience in areas including change management, team development, and organizational culture and development in both domestic and international markets. She earned her Ph.D. in Workforce Development from Penn State and an MBA from Lebanon Valley College. Janet has published in areas such as trust and collaboration in virtual teams, self-efficacy in team formation, and effectiveness and interactions in online teaching and learning.  Janet was awarded outstanding faculty repeatedly since 2007 and was featured in the New York Times for her early work in the future of online classrooms. She co-leads the efforts of the OMBA academic and steering committees and serves on related committees for the PGP Smeal portfolio.

Andrew W. Hannah, President, Othot, Adjunct Professor and Executive/Entrepreneur-in-Residence, University of Pittsburgh
Andy is the President of the Othot Division of Liaison International, a higher education technology company that helps colleges and universities achieve their enrollment and student success goals.  In 2014, Andy co-founded Othot with the mission of applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the student lifecycle.  The Othot platform uses Machine Learning (ML) to enable institutions to predict student outcomes (e.g., enrollment, persistence, graduation, etc.) and produce insights and prescriptions that maximize the likelihood of student success.  Andy is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Analytics and an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, Andy is developing and delivering curriculum/student experiences at the intersection of analytics and entrepreneurship that develop skills for graduates to be leaders in the blossoming business analytics field.  In addition, he is a Senior Advisor and Faculty member of the International Institute of Analytics.  Andy’s vision is to apply AI and ML to help institutions identify individuals who wish to pursue additional education to complete their degrees, gain graduate degrees and/or upskill to further their career aspirations and passions.  His objective is to develop a platform for institutions that will enable on-point lifelong learning at the right time and place for the student.  Andy has been an entrepreneur since 1995, a calling that has stayed firmly with him ever since. He has played leading C-Level roles at five high tech start-ups over the past two-plus decades, and the resulting perspectives, learnings, and expertise are the cornerstones of his endeavors.  Andy’s companies touched a range of industries such as ed-tech, information, software, consulting, and material science.

Lauren Kerner, Associate Director, Performance Analytics Team, Fox School of Business, Temple University
Lauren Kerner, BBA is the Associate Director of Performance Analytics at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. She earned her B.B.A in Management Information Systems and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business Analytics, both from Temple University. Over the past 5 years, Lauren has worked in various analytics roles in the insurance industry and higher education.

Christine MacKrell, Manager, Educational Solutions, Higher Education Division, ETS
 Christine assists institutions of higher education with their assessment plans and processes.  She helps programs with continuous improvement in major fields and general education outcomes.  Christine guides institutions in their efforts to improve student learning outcomes, provides logistical training for test administration, and assists clients will all facets of test administration and score interpretation.  Christine has a bachelor’s degree from Widener University and an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University.

Tawnya Means, Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Tawnya Means, PhD is the Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Prior to this role, Tawnya served as the Assistant Dean and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center for the College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, leading teaching and learning support and providing faculty development programs and resources for instructional innovation and adoption of pedagogical best practices. With 20 years of experience in higher education, course design, and educational consulting, Tawnya has also taught courses in entrepreneurship, strategy, technology, and leadership in remote teams. Dr. Means received her B.S. in Education, M.S. in Educational Technology, and Ph.D. in Information Science and Learning Technologies with an emphasis on learning systems design, all from the University of Missouri. She completed the AACSB Post-doctoral bridge program in Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida. Her research interests are in online and blended learning, active learning, learning space design, technology for teaching, access to digital learning resources, and faculty preparation to teach. She has long been a leader in campus initiatives and committees and actively presents at conferences and other institutions and organizations on technology-enhanced learning.

Sandra Nagy, Managing Director, Future Design School
Sandra has dedicated her career to innovation in learning and building effective organizational strategy.  She is a firm believer in the capacity of educators to drive future-skill development, and in sustained professional development that leverages a blend of learning tools.  With over two decades of experience, Sandra leads the Education Practice at Future Design School, building strong academic partnerships with school leaders that help to drive their strategic priorities through consulting support, professional development and efficacious curriculum resources.  Prior to her current role, Sandra spent over a decade as a senior digital strategist with Pearson Education. She has also spent time at Accenture and The Learning Partnership.  Sandra has a Master's in Education from Harvard University, focused on Technology in Education, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce focused on Organizational Behaviour and Entrepreneurship from McGill University.

Casey Nugent, Director, Student Information Systems, Analytics, and Application Services, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Casey Nugent is the Director of Student Information Systems, Analytics, and Application Services for the Lincoln campus at the University of Nebraska.  With over 20 years of experience working in and supporting higher education, he currently leads teams providing learning analytics solutions, custom application development & support, and student information system integration.  After leading University initiatives to implement and deploy data visualization and data platform solutions, he is now leveraging partnerships with faculty, administrators, and instructional designers to architect tools focused on providing analytics to inform learning-related decision-making both inside and outside of the classroom.

Sarah Prevette, CEO & Founder, Future Design School
SARAH PREVETTE has developed transformational strategy for some of the country’s biggest business leaders and renowned brands. Globally recognized for her work in human-centered design and entrepreneurship, she is proud to work alongside an incredible team of educators to drive innovation inside schools. Prevette’s organization, Future Design School, provides world-class strategy development, professional training programs and resources that empower effective leadership and personalized learning.  Schools across North America leverage Future Design School in order to build capacity with their existing teams and to drive critical skill development with their students. The organization works with school leaders to establish holistic, long term strategic plans that have immediate, measurable impact. Through a wide range of services that include world-class professional development and comprehensive curriculum; the Future Design School team actively supports educators in designing exceptional, experiential learning for students. The company proudly supports over 100,000 educators and has reached over a million students globally.  Prevette has an illustrious history of innovation. After starting her career at an early stage startup in 1997, she gained invaluable experience in all aspects of business as she worked with an entrepreneurial team to scale the company into a global behemoth. She was recruited to run product development and marketing for a large software company, which she helped grow and sell to Thomson Reuters in 2008. Prevette then founded Sprouter; the world’s first online community providing real-time advice to startups. The platform was acquired in 2011 and she went on to build BetaKit – a popular technology news site that was acquired in 2013. In 2014, she joined forces with talented business leaders from some of the world’s top companies like LEGO, Virgin and Starbucks to create a venture capital fund that actively invested millions of dollars in early-stage startups across a wide variety of industries and created nearly a billion dollars in net worth.  Sarah has been named by Inc Magazine as one of the top entrepreneurs in North America and one of the “Top 20 Power Elite” by Canadian Business. She is frequently in the media and has been profiled by numerous prestigious publications including The Globe and Mail, Entrepreneur Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. She is an in-demand speaker who has delivered keynote speeches at prestigious events including South by Southwest, Big Omaha, GrowCo, Summit Series and Google Forward and has lectured at many academic institutions including Harvard, Columbia and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is an active advisor and investor in several companies, as well as an esteemed board member for Communitech and VentureLAB. Sarah proudly serves as Chair of Canada’s Semiconductor Council and continues to advocate for technology innovation in her ongoing advisory work with various levels of government.

Patricia Terry, Associate Director of Curriculum Management & Assessment, Fox School of Business, Temple University
Patricia Terry, BA is currently the Associate Director of Curriculum Management & Assessment at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Patricia also serves as the Chair of the Fox School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. Patricia earned her B.A. in English from Temple University and is currently working toward a Masters degree in Education.  She has worked in higher education for over a decade focusing strategically on undergraduate curriculum, training, and assessment design.

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